Vietnam. For anyone born before 1975, the very word is synonymous with a war (aka, “police action”) that spanned parts of two decades. In the 40 years since the war ended, Vietnam has enjoyed a remarkable rejuvenation.
It has emerged as a highly popular travel destination known for its many layers of cultural diversity, a deliciously complex cuisine, unspoiled natural beauty, and bustling cities with superb restaurants, live music, and five-star hotels. Come to Vietnam and discover a country with countless possibilities for discerning travelers.
In various destinations around the world, we have highlighted examples of exceptional accommodations that set new standards for aesthetics and responsible tourism. These properties reflect our own company values by emphasizing community involvement and the preservation of cultural heritage, protection of natural resources, and sustainability, both in practice and design. They also combine outstanding comfort and service, natural beauty, and functionality. Where you stay along the way can greatly enhance any journey. Options abound, but these are some of our favorites.
Along a seemingly infinite stretch of sand, amidst Vietnam’s richest cultural heritage, are the visually striking villas lining the tropical shore of the Nam Hai Hotel Hoi An. Find yourself relaxing near the lotus pond of the Nam Hai spa or enjoying the organic cuisine of the Eastern and Western gourmet restaurants. Incorporating the ancient feng shui philosophy into the architecture and interior design, this hotel is truly a unique getaway.
Past sleepy palms and nurtured greens, a sanctuary by the riverawaits. Villa Song Saigon is a lovely boutique hotel located along the banks of the Saigon River within the heart of the colorful metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City. Taking inspiration from French colonial design and the natural surrounds, this riverside abode mixes whimsy with romance.
The luxury boutique Hotel de l’Opera is located close to the renowned Opera House in the center of Hanoi. A three-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter, the rooms and suites are a sanctuary of comfort, with traditional handpicked Asian textiles and silks combined with modern technology. A restaurant showcasing local Vietnamese cuisine, in-room massage treatments, saunas, gym andfour-season swimming pool combine to deliver memorable moments.
Embark on a whirlwind adventure and spend the next three weeks taking in the highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. If you are looking for fantastic landscapes to photograph, amazing food to taste, welcoming people to befriend, or a moving, cultural experience, then this trip should be at the top of your list. Stay in world class hotels and cruise across Ha Long Bay, hike and bike through Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap, and learn more than you thought possible about this fantastic corner of the globe.